Thursday, February 15, 2018

When Church is a Challenge for Kids

When life is a struggle, Believers want and NEED church. We desire fellowship with others, corporate worship, and being led through Scripture for a nugget of God’s peace that passes all understanding. Unfortunately for many foster and adoptive parents, the idea of going to church may also bring up feelings of anxiety.
  • Should I try to have my child attend Sunday School or will the separation be too much for them?
  • Will people think that my kids are “out of control” because they struggle to self-regulate?
  • Is it worth trying to actually get my kids to church?
  • Will I be called out of service repeatedly if my child experiences a meltdown?
  • Should I take my child even though he might be so overstimulated that it will take the whole rest of the day to help him regulate?
  • Read more about foster/adoptive families’ experiences, here's a great place to start.

At Project 1.27, part of our mission is to help equip churches to support foster and adoptive families. As you think about your church, or the church your foster/adoptive family attends, consider the church culture and how it responds to children from hard places and the parents who care for them. Does the church leadership prioritize foster and adoptive ministries? Do the children’s programs seek to accommodate a child from hard places through extra training and understanding? Are there opportunities to engage the church congregation to think more about serving kids in foster care or those who have been adopted?

How can I help my church become more foster and adoptive friendly?
  • Investigate your church culture through asking foster/adoptive families about their experience in church.
  • Explore additional resources or ministries your church could offer to support foster/adoptive families.
  • Schedule a time to talk with someone in leadership at your church about what you have learned and the need that exists at your church.
  • Contact Project 1.27’s new Family Care Team Manager, Marilyn Robinson (, if your church leadership is interested in developing more strategic ways to support foster and adoptive families.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Safe Families Sunday LIVE!

 Join others from the Safe Families for Children community 
LIVE on February 11th. 
They will be broadcasting Facebook Live at 6:00pm (CST).  
To participate, go to

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Empowered to Connect Conference!

This year, we have the awesome opportunity to attend the 
Empowered To Connect Conference LIVE in the Chicago area!

Geared toward foster & adoptive families, and applicable for potential adoptive or foster parents, and professionals or ministry leaders serving children. 
Learn an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach from global leaders on caring for children from "hard places". Learn how to promote healing, foster connection, and correct your children with methods that work. 

Friday, April 13th
& Saturday, April 14th
Harvest New Beginnings 

5315 Douglas Road
Oswego, IL 60543
  • Experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community!
  • Each adoptive and foster parent will receive a certificate of attendance that can be turned into their agency & possibly counted towards training credits.
This conference, presented by Show Hope in partnership with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU and Empowered To Connect, is a two-day event that equips families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
We strongly recommend attending with your spouse! It's beneficial for you to be on the same page. We believe this conference is worth taking a day off work if you need to. What you will learn is invaluable!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Silver Birch Ranch Adoptive Family Retreat!

The Adoption Family Retreat at Silver Birch Ranch is a time to encourage and strengthen your family in many ways. Hear excellent Biblical teaching from speakers who share your life situation. Enjoy networking with other families, and receive counsel and advice from professionals in the field. Horseback riding, ziplines, the climbing wall, tubing hills, broomball, cross-country ski trails, and a warm fireplace are a sampling of some of the activities you can enjoy with your family. This weekend is suited for families who have adopted, are in the process of adopting, or who are investigating adoption. Come join us as we encourage each other. 

Visit for more information.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Safe Families for Children Fundraiser at Chicago Auto Show!

LYDIA Home and Safe Families for Children is proud to invite you to First Look for Charity on February 9th.  This black-tie affair enables participants to behold the nation’s largest auto show in grandeur, the evening before the show opens to the public, and indulge in a variety of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music and a new vehicle giveaway.

Here's the best part: For each ticket you buy, Lydia Home and Safe Families for Children receives a tax deductible donation of $223. These funds come directly to us for programs helping children and families in crisis. It’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy a unique experience and help hurting people at the same time.

We need your help!
Please purchase your tickets right away and share this event with your friends and family. If you’re not able to attend, please consider giving a gift to support the children we serve.
Buy your tickets now!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Adopteen Hangout in Chicago!

Teenage adoptees from China are invited to hang out! 

Do you like donuts, coffee, and good conversation? Well, this is the perfect place 
to cozy up and meet new people! We hope to see you there!
January 20th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NOON 
@ Stan's Donuts & Coffee
1560 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Please note that Adopteen Chicago will not be catering/paying for this event, 
so please bring money to cover your own costs. Thank you in advance.

As always we ask that parents please do not attend these hangouts 
as it is for adoptees ages 13 and up. 


Who is Adopteen?

Started in 2007, Adopteen is a community founded by teens, organized by adoptees, for adoptees, as a reaction to the lack of Chinese adoptee role models and community in our lives, at the time. We are the young adult adoptee "culture" focused on the young adult adoptee experience, having a responsibly irresponsible amount of fun, living loud and doing good. For more information visit  

Adopteen is an initiative of CCAI

If you have any questions please contact

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Discount to ETC Conference!

Empowered to Connect Conference

Happy New Year!

We want to give you a gift to kick off 2018. You can save 18% off the registration price for the Empowered to Connect Conference if you use the promo code NEWYEAR in the next two weeks (valid through 01/15/2018).
This conference has helped thousands of children and families across the country. The teaching and resources presented here are vital for anyone caring for children impacted by adoption or foster care. We don’t want you to miss it.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ECT Parent to Parent Training in TBRI

Parent to Parent Training in TBRI®
for Adoptive / Foster/SAFE families
Learn how to effectively and consistently employ a balanced parenting approach that allows you to provide compassionate discipline that connects with your child’s heart 
and corrects inappropriate behaviors.

7pm- 9pm
Jan 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 5, 12

ETC Parent training is offered by Steve and Cheryl Pickett for families in the Chicagoland area. For more information about the training visit or contact trainers at  List of required resource books and materials available upon request. Childcare not provided.  

Register at

Cost: $25 (additional resource material will be required for purchase or borrow)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Strengthening Children & Families Luncheon!

Strengthening Children and Families
You are invited to join
Bethany Christian Services of Illinois and
Safe Families for Children
for our

Strengthening Children and Families
Fundraising Luncheon

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Doors open at 11:15 a.m.
Lunch and program begin promptly at noon

The Carlisle
435 East Butterfield Rd
Lombard, IL

Bethany Christian Services is shining God's love into the hard places 
and striving to strengthen children and families.  

We deeply value your partnership in this ministry. Your investment equips families 
to be God's love to children. Please join us and learn how God is working through
Bethany Christian Services and Safe Families for Children to strengthen children and families.  
Guests will have an opportunity to financially support the ministries 
of Bethany Christian Services. 

Lunch is complimentary and reservations are required.
Please RSVP by February 16, 2018.

Click HERE for more information and to RSVP.